Galway International Arts Festival and Róisín Dubh present

Gavin James

Music | Ireland

Date & Time

Thursday 20 July



‘Bitter Pill', 'Nervous', 'Say Hello’ and ‘Book of Love’ singer songwriter Gavin James promises a spine-tingling performance at the Absolut Big Top at Galway International Arts Festival this July.

James, who has amassed an army of fans around the globe with his ‘once in a generation’ voice and emotionally-charged live performances, has had a massive 2016, culminating in the biggest headline gig of his career at the 3Arena in December.

It was yet another milestone for the Dublin native, who in the past has supported Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, Kodaline and Sam Smith, appeared on James Corden’s Late Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live and the US version of Dancing with the Stars, completed a major European headline tour, including three sold-out dates at the Olympia Theatre, and performed at RTÉ’s Centenary Concert to mark the 100-year anniversary of the Easter Rising.

In 2016, he was also named as a ‘Spotify Spotlight Artist of 2016’, played on BBC radio and France 5, and included in Buzzfeed’s ‘Artists to Look Out For in 2016’ list.

James’ first release, the EP 'Say Hello', was a huge internet hit in 2012, and the title track won the Choice Music Prize Irish Song of the Year.

His debut studio album 'Bitter Pill' received rave reviews. The Irish Times described the album as being ‘rammed to the rafters with hooks and melody lines’, while Hot Press announced the arrival of a ‘major new voice’. 

The album, which subsequently went platinum in Ireland, includes hits 'Say Hello', 'The Book of Love', 'For You' and 'Bitter Pill'. The title track, 'Bitter Pill' also won the Choice Music Prize for Best Single released in 2015.

Tickets on sale now. 

Photos: Josh Shinner

‘His voice is absolutely astounding.’


‘Tender, emotional… no mean talent.’


‘It’s the young Irishman’s flair for songwriting, paired with his unparalleled vocal ability, that has marked Gavin James out as a star on the continual rise.’


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